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Razer's new Ornata keyboard announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 5, 2016 4:33 pm

Razer is wanting to appeal to a new range of gamers with their new Ornata gaming keyboard, which is a "Mecha-Membrane" hybrid that promises the soft feel of membrane, with the "crisp, tactile" input of mechanical switches.




The new Ornata gaming keyboard is on Razer's online store in two versions, with the standard version costing $80 while the Ornata Chroma version $20 more at $100. Both of them offer customizable lighting effects and macro-ready programmable keys.

Chromecast sales exceed 30 million units

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 4:03 pm

Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated on the company's second-quarter earnings call that over 30 million units of Chromecast have been shipped to date.




It appears demand for the streaming device is picked up major steam, as 25 million units had been shipped as of only May. No doubt the second generation launch helped, thanks in part to improved Wi-fi performance.


Chromecast has been Google's best-selling hardware product, and despite Amazon cutting off sales last autumn (widely believed to reduce competition for Amazon's rival Fire device).

The Z mouse offers unprecedented control, funded on Kickstarter

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 12, 2016 6:03 pm

Makers of the GT mouse Swiftpoint are aiming to do it all with their next device. The Z mouse offers a level of control over your actions and movements we've never seen before, whether it's tilting the mouse to lean, pivoting it to change direction, taking advantage of the pressure sensitive clicks for added action precision, lifting it to bring a chopper off the ground, or all kinds of other things.




Between the different buttons, how you click them, and the aid of tilting and pivoting, the Z allows you to take advantage of 50 clickable button actions, which could prove very handy for RPGs, MMOs, and MOBAs.


"Deep clicking" is useful for strong versus light attacks in games, but also for office productivity: a shallow click will select a word, a medium click will select a paragraph, and a deep click will select an entire page. Similarly, you can use the tilt functionality to scan through pages freely.

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G.Skill adds even more chromatic splendor to Ripjaws RGB keyboards

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 12:17 pm

G.Skill's new firmware update for Ripjaws RGB mechanical keyboards adds galaxies of scintillating prismatic flair to your fingertips.




With the new SW0.104/FW57 firmware update, G.Skill has unlocked a massive new range of per-key color customization options to KM780 and KM780R Ripjaws RGB mechanical keyboards. Armed with the new update, users can fully personalize their keyboard's glowing hues with the full palette of 16.8 million different color combinations, and even save their creations to profiles and share them with friends.


The Reactive and Ripple RGB lighting effects can also be assigned custom backlighting on a per-key basis, offering even more style to your keyboard. The board's top row of special function keys also get a makeover; users can now assign individual and personalized color combinations to macro and media keys.

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Nintendo teases it could make controllers for smartphones, tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 3:15 am

Nintendo has been in the headlines for most of the year with the teases of its next-gen Nintendo NX console, which should be powered by an upcoming, but yet unannounced Pascal-based Tegra processor from NVIDIA.




Well, Nintendo has hit the headlines in another big way, with Shinya Takahashi - the GM of Entertainment Planning and Development for Nintendo talking with Polygon recently, where he said: "Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves".


Takahashi continued, saying: "I believe Nintendo's way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller for smart device applications) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game".

Microsoft has made over 1 million Xbox One Elite Controllers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 3:29 am

Microsoft's Xbox One Elite Controller is a damn good controller, with the company hitting an important milestone this week: over one million Xbox One Elite Controller's have been manufactured, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer.



Spencer took to Twitter, saying: "Great milestone, our one millionth Xbox Elite controller. Thanks to all who have supported". The one millionth controller is special, as it actually says "1,000,000" on the controller itself. Microsoft released the Xbox One Elite Controller in October 2015, quickly becoming a favorite amongst gamers who didn't mind spending $150 on a peripheral for their Xbox One.

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Steam Controller update enables different types of button presses

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 17, 2016 2:45 pm

Steam Beta Client users can now grab a special update for Steam Controllers that allows you to bind different types of button presses to different functions, which Valve is calling Activators.




For example, you can bind jump to long press A and grenade to double press X, or even bind both to the same button but different types of presses, as there's no limit on how many functions you can bind to a given button beyond the amount of press types available. You can also do things like set a single press to single fire and a long press to Turbo fire, enable the Start button to switch between button customization profiles on-the-fly, and more.

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Go ahead, spill your coffee on Tesoro's Excalibur Spectrum SE Keyboard

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 4:42 pm

Computex 2016 -- We got a chance to see Tesoro's new IR key switches in action at their Computex booth, courtesy of the company's Excalibur Spectrum SE Keyboard. Considering it was submerged in a small tank of water all day, we're pretty sure Tesoro's claims of it being spill-proof are accurate.




The Excalibur Spectrum SE uses the company's slick new light-based infrared switches, which eliminate metal bounce and oxidation. That means you can go ahead and splash your favorite beverage on it and it will just shrug it off and laugh hysterically.

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AZIO showed me the PC keyboard of my retro dreams at Computex

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 5, 2016 4:41 pm

Computex 2016 -- True story: I'm old enough that I learned how to type using a combination of classic typewriters and an Apple II Plus. So when AZIO showed me one of their upcoming keyboards during Computex, pangs of retro nostalgia flooded over me.




From the rounded keys to their chrome edges to the font choice, AZIO's latest just screams retro. Unfortunately, it's so early in the design process that the company doesn't yet have a marketing name for it, although interested keyboard warriors will be able to find it under its model number MK-OS-01 once it launches.

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Tesoro reveals new IR key switches with 0.1 millisecond response times

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 4, 2016 3:21 pm

Computex 2016 - Tesoro's new light-based infrared switches could pave the way for dramatic innovations on future mechanical keyboards.




Tesoro revealed its new Tesoro IR mechanical keyboard switches at Computex, giving us a glimpse at what the future holds for enthusiast-grade keyboards. The new Tesoro IR switches are light-based, so they completely eliminate metal bounce and oxidation, thus dramatically increasing switch lifespan. Here's how the infrared switches work: each switch is outfitted with an IR blaster that beams light, and as each key is pressed, the light is broken, thereby registering the keystroke.


The Tesoro IR switches offer a tremendous speed boost over the company's low-profile AGILE switches in its GRAM Spectrum keyboards. "The Tesoro IR switches score 0.1 millisecond response times, meaning they are extremely fast," said Tesoro's Marketing Manager Lucas Wiltse. Although the Tesoro IR switches are light-based, they still have a tactile bump and resemble the Cherry MX Blue switches.

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